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Also Known As: Susannah Yolande Fletcher Died: January 15, 2011
Born: January 9, 1939 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, screenwriter, author

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A willowy, sensual figure in British cinema and Hollywood during the 1960s and early 1970s, actress Susannah York brought an ethereal quality to unique women in such acclaimed films as "The Killing of Sister George" (1968), "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" (1969), "The Silent Partner" (1978) and "Superman" (1978). She began her career playing innocents, but the depth of her talent, as evidenced in "A Man for All Seasons" (1966) and "The Battle of Britain" (1969), allowed her access to deeper, more fulfilling roles. As a result, she earned a BAFTA and Oscar nod for "Horses," and a Cannes Film Festival Award as a woman struggling with mental illness in Robert Altman's "Images" (1972). York could be seen more on television and the stage in the 1990s and 21st century, but the qualities that made her a star - a delicate balance between fragility and tensile strength - remained intact and kept her a movie lover's favorite until her death in 2011.

A willowy, sensual figure in British cinema and Hollywood during the 1960s and early 1970s, actress Susannah York brought an ethereal quality to unique women in such acclaimed films as "The Killing of Sister George" (1968), "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" (1969), "The Silent Partner" (1978) and "Superman" (1978). She began her career playing innocents, but the depth of her talent, as evidenced in "A Man for All Seasons" (1966) and "The Battle of Britain" (1969), allowed her access to deeper, more fulfilling roles. As a result, she earned a BAFTA and Oscar nod for "Horses," and a Cannes Film Festival Award as a woman struggling with mental illness in Robert Altman's "Images" (1972). York could be seen more on television and the stage in the 1990s and 21st century, but the qualities that made her a star - a delicate balance between fragility and tensile strength - remained intact and kept her a movie lover's favorite until her death in 2011.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Calling, The (2009)
2.
 Franklyn (2009)
4.
 Gigolos, The (2007)
5.
 Diana & Me (1998) (Cameo Appearance)
6.
 Romance and Rejection (1997) Mike'S Mother
7.
 Illusions (1992) Dr Sanders
8.
 En Handfull tid (1991) Susan Walker
9.
 Fate (1989)
10.
 Summer Story, A (1988) Mrs Narracombe
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Milestones close milestones

1960:
Made her feature acting debut in "Tunes of Glory"
1961:
Played the leading role in "The Greengage Summer"
1963:
Played Sophie Western opposite Albert Finney in the Oscar winning film "Tom Jones"
1968:
Had featured role as Beryl Reid's lesbian lover in "The Killing of Sister George"
1969:
Received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"
1970:
Co-starred with George C. Scott in an American television movie of "Jane Eyre"
1972:
Won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in "Images"
1978:
Appeared on the London stage in "The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs"
1978:
Played Superman's mother on the doomed planet Krypton in "Superman"; reprised her role for its sequels, "Superman II" (1980) and "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" (1987)
1979:
Had a recurring role in the British television series "Prince Regent" as Maria Fitzherbert
1980:
First film as co-writer (also actress), "Falling in Love Again"
1984:
Starred as Mrs. Crachit in "A Christmas Carol"; again co-starred with George C. Scott (as Ebenezer Scrooge)
1998:
Co-starred as Gertrude in a London stage production of "Hamlet"
2001:
Toured the United Kingdom in "Amy's View"
2003:
Had a recurring role as hospital manager Helen Grant in the BBC1 series "Holby City"
2004:
Reprised her role as Helen Grant in two episodes of Holby City's sister series "Casualty"
2007:
Appeared in the UK tour of "The Wings of the Dove"
2010:
Final film was "The Calling"
2010:
Last stage performance was as Jean in Ronald Harwood's "Quartet" at the Oxford Playhouse
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Education

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -

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husband:
Michael Wells. Actor, writer. Married in 1960; divorced in 1976.

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father:
Simon Fletcher. Born c. 1911; divorced from York's mother c. 1947; she saw him only sporadically during her childhood.
sister:
Carolyn Fletcher. Died in 1985; York had been estranged from her but they reconciled before Carolyn's death.
son:
Orlando Wells. Actor.
daughter:
Sasha Wells.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"In Search of Unicorns"
"The Loves of Shakespeare's Women" Nick Hearn Books

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